IndyCar’s mad, hectic dash begins this weekend in Detroit

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With the month of May now officially in the rear view mirror, the IZOD IndyCar Series ramps up for its busiest and most hectic stretch of the 2013 season. Starting this weekend at Detroit, there will be five races in four weekends, on three different types of circuits.

IndyCar has its first doubleheader race weekend with full races Saturday and Sunday on the streets of Belle Isle, the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, presented by Quicken Loans. The race circuit has been altered to include a longer straight heading into Turn 3. It also marks the last road or street race until another doubleheader weekend in Toronto July 13-14.

After that, three straight oval weekends follow before a merciful one-week break. IndyCar hits its only 1.5-mile oval in Texas Saturday night, June 8, followed by another Saturday race on the Milwaukee Mile June 15, and a Sunday afternoon event at Iowa Speedway – IndyCar’s shortest oval at 0.875 of a mile – on June 23.

If Indianapolis was a thrash to find the right setup, balance and downforce levels, the next few weeks are the craziest of segments for the entire IndyCar circus. Crews will be working tireless hours doing car changeovers from street course to intermediate oval to short oval setups.

Whoever survives this stretch with the least amount of angst will be well-positioned for the second half of the season. Right now five races are in the books, and in another month, in the blink of an eye, 10 of 19 will be complete.